2015 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia

2015 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Western Australia



Family owned, Leeuwin Estate, one of the five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, is under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest. In 1972, legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Robert Mondavi, identified the future site of the Leeuwin vineyard as being ideal for the production of premium wine and provided early mentorship to Denis and Tricia Horgan in the transformation of their cattle farm into Leeuwin Estate. Enjoying its first commercial vintage in 1979, Leeuwin was thrust into the international spotlight when Decanter Magazine gave its highest recommendation to the 1981 “Art Series” Chardonnay. The international accolades have continued and Leeuwin now exports to 30 markets. Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award winning restaurant, cellardoor and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and welcoming visitors from around the world.

The “Art Series” represents Leeuwin’s most opulent and age-worthy wines and are identified with paintings commissioned from leading contemporary Australian Artists.  Leeuwin’s Art Series Chardonnay and Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon are included in wine auction house, Langton’s prestigious classification. With point scores as high as 98/100, the Wine Spectator has included Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnays in the editor’s annual Top 100 Wines of the Year list on numerous occasions with the 2011 vintage ranked wine #5 in 2014, this 2015 ranked #38 (95 points), and the upcoming 2016 ranked #28 (96 points).

The 100% Chardonnay 2015 Artist Series label is by Ginger Wikilyiri & Bernard Tjalkuri, entitled ‘Tjukurpa Tjuta 2014’.  Cellaring potential is 15 years.  13% Alcohol.

Classical pear skin, lime and white peach fruit spectrum defines the nose, amidst sweeter notes of nougat, sesame brittle and brioche. It is concentrated and complex with subtle fragrant jasmine and savoury flint and wet stone. A tightly directed palate, yet with enviable length. Woven layers of lemon curd, cut lime and grapefruit pith penetrate throughout the palate with a distinctive mineral thread. Delicate oak use presents gentle complexing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and hazelnuts.

“Supple and creamy up front, with precision to the nutmeg, lemon curd, verbena and mandarin orange flavors, which are intense and harmonious. The elegant body and lingering accents of ginger and citrus zest elevate this white to something special. Drink now through 2028. 4,500 cases made, 800 cases imported”.- 95 points Wine Spectator Ranked #38/2019 Top 100 

“I have over the years tasted every Leeuwin Art Series chardonnay and I rate the 2015 the greatest. It is the first white wine I have awarded 99 points.”  – Ray Jordan, June 2018, The West Australian Wine Guide

“Balance is born – my favourite wine mantra, and 2015 is exquisitely balanced from birth. ’15 Art Series is a rare wine that shows immense presence and a flirtatious edge to its character…” Matthew Jukes 2018, Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2018/19

“Pear, honey biscuits, some lime, aniseed, and firm cedar and spice oak, though it’s not overdone. Full-bodied, glossy texture, some white flower perfume in with pear and melon, ripe lime acidity and flavour, toasty wood in the mix, and a very long powerful finish, dusted with fine oak tannin and citrus zest. Kind of emphatic in style, but potent too, and while that’s true enough, I’d also say that this wine is becoming more refined and stylish, and the drinkability is on the rise too. Anyway, it’s a very good release.”  96 points – Gary Walsh, August 2018, thewinefront.com.au


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